Who would have thought the day would come when you could stay on your low-carb diet and still have beer? Ever since the beer industry jumped on the low-carb bandwagon, it's true, but the big question is... How do all these low-carb beers actually taste? The answer: surprisingly good!
To me and my fellow tasters it tastes like so-called real beer... albeit a somewhat watered down real beer. So even though the beer is very light (can you say featherweight?), the flavor is reminiscent of the real thing.
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First off, some basics about beer. Beer is a fermented product typically made from barley or rice. Both barley and rice are grains and very carb-rich. An average bottle of beer has around 11 grams of carbs and 145 calories. Low-carb versions are either watered down, or get extra-fermented to remove those extra sugars. This means they are normally less flavorful and more watery tasting.
Ok, now that we've reviewed the basics, let's see how the individual beers taste to a few beer fans.
Our testers agree that Amstel Light is tops. While this isn't a designer beer or a rich, flavorful porter, it is a reasonably good beer for hanging out and having fun with friends. Remember that your alcohol tolerance drops when you're on a low-carb diet, so drink lots of water while you have alcohol and space your drinks accordingly. There are several other low-carb options out there, many with carb counts of 2 grams or fewer per serving. But we've found that as you go "down" from Amstel Light, you lose a lot of flavor and get a more watery feeling.
Rock Green Light
Rock Green Light is the low-carb version of Rolling Rock beer. It has about 2 grams of carbs per glass and around 84 calories calories. Our testers liked this beer a lot. With a mild, fresh flavor to it, it's an easy drinking beer. With its super low-carb count, you could even have two and stay within a reasonable level of carbs.